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 Joseph De Mers  (1910 - 1984)

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Lived/Active: California/South Carolina      Known for: genre, figure, streets, illustrator

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Seated showgirl in dressing room
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Joe De Mers specialized in illustration that depicted the modern American girl. He did them not as stereotypes, but as a diverse array of dazzling females sweet, predatory, or sophisticated. To dress them, he enlisted the fashion expertise of his wife, Janice, so that the styles would not become dated in the six months between painting and publication.

De Mers was born in San Diego, California, and attended the Chouinard Art School in Los Angeles. Among his teachers were Pruett Carter and Lawrence Murphy. Later he studied with Reuben Tam at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. De Mers spent about ten years as a production illustrator and designer for motion pictures, mostly for Warner Bothers Studios in California.

His first illustration assignment was for "Fortune" magazine in 1937, followed by assignments from "Esquire", and then from most of the other major magazines in the United States and Europe. He was one of several illustrators who found a steady market for second rights to pictures for publishers in England and on the Continent.

De Mers exhibited a the New York Museum of Modern Art, Corcoran Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum, various Art Directors Club shows, and at the Society of Illustrators in New York. He taught at the Chouinard Art School from 1934-37 and later at Parsons School of Design in New York. He was a resident of Hilton Head Island in South Carolina for several years and the proprietor of an art gallery there.

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Walt Reed, "The Illustrator in America"

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Born in San Diego, CA on Feb. 1, 1910.  DeMers studied at the Chouinard School of Art while a resident of Los Angeles and San Diego in the 1930s.  He taught illustration at Chouinard in 1934-37.  
He died on Hilton Head Island, SC in April 1984. 

Exh:  Calif. WC Society, 1932-36; San Diego FA Gallery, 1933; Calif.-Pacific Int'l Expo (San Diego), 1935; Motion Picture Artists, 1943. 
Source:
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

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Born in San Diego, CA on Feb. 1, 1910. DeMers studied at the Chouinard School of Art while a resident of Los Angeles and San Diego in the 1930s. He taught illustration at Chouinard in 1934-37. He died on Hilton Head Island, SC in April 1984. Exh: Calif. WC Society, 1932-36; San Diego FA Gallery, 1933; Calif.-Pacific Int'l Expo (San Diego), 1935; Motion Picture Artists, 1943.
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

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